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Frequently Asked Questions
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If I did not do well in a 14-week course, why would I risk taking another course, possibly on the same subject, in 6 or 12 weeks?

First. Studies show that undivided attention on a single subject, over a short period of time, helps some learners gain a better understanding of the subject matter.  Second, a student who chooses to repeat a course in its 6 or 12-week format, if available, is already familiar with the course's contents.  This may help some students focus on aspects of the course with which they may have had trouble the first time around. And finally, smaller section sizes may encourage both in-class and out-of-class team learning.

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Are summer courses offered in the online format?

At the discretion of the offering unit, online and blended courses (those that combine in-class contact time with distance learning) may be offered in the 6 and/or 12-week formats. However, since 6-week courses require constant engagement in the subject matter, the online or blended formats may not be for everyone.

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Can I register for more than one course in summer?

Yes.  But students are strongly advised to discuss their summer plans with their academic advisor.

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Are study abroad courses offered in summer?

These courses are programmed about a year ahead and are offered through the Office of International Education and Global Programs.

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When can I register for a summer course?

Registration for the summer term starts in the mid-February each year, when you can register for any of the three summer sessions.  Registration for each session runs through the “add/drop week” of each session.

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Can I be put on academic probation for failing a summer course?

Credit-bearing summer courses count towards student GPA.  Therefore, based on their GPA, students who fail a summer course could be put on academic probation or suspension.  Academic action follows the rules put forth in RIT’s Grades Policy (D05.0).

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Are offices and student services open during the Summer term?

Yes.  All administrative offices are open.

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Are student activities and events planned for summer?

Yes.  A number of program offerings such as movies and similar activities are planned by the Center for Campus Life.

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Are summer courses taught by the same faculty who teach in the Fall and Spring semesters?

Yes. RIT's colleges and other units empowered to offer learning opportunities at RIT are responsible for the selection, organization delivery and staffing of all summer courses they offer.

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Can credits earned in summer courses count towards my degree?

It depends.  Each credit-bearing course offered in summer is designed to meet certain instructional needs.  Some courses may fit a student's academic plan as General Education while others may be used as elective or core courses within specific programs of study. In general, students are strongly encouraged to consult with their academic advisor before enrolling in a summer course and discuss whether or not the credits earned may count towards their degree.

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Can I include summer courses in my Fall or Spring tuition statements?

No.  Summer courses are priced separately from Fall and Spring semesters.  However, special arrangements have been made by few programs that require their students to attend a summer term as part of their normal academic plan.

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Do summer study abroad courses cost more than an on-campus or online course?

Yes.  In addition to tuition, travel study courses, whether abroad or within the United States, incur expenses that must be paid by the student.  Depending on the type of course, duration of travel and location, these expenses may include room and board, transportation and travel insurance.

All travel study courses are organized and offered through the Office of International Education and Global Programs.

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If I fail a credit-bearing summer course, will that impact my GPA?

Yes.

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Can I live on-campus while taking a summer course?

Yes.  Summer housing is handled by RIT’s Housing Operations office.

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Can I use the Fitness Center (Student Life Center) during the Summer term?

Yes.  However, hours of operation of the Fitness Center during January and summer terms may be different from those of the regular terms.  Please check the Center for Recreation and Intramurals for facility availability and operation schedules.

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Are dining services available during the summer term?

Yes. Please visit RIT's Dining Services page for details.

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